We received Elder Christiansen's first letter today! He sounds like he's working hard and happy to be in the MTC!
June 12, 2013
Well my first week en la CCM (in the MTC) has been amazing! I love it here, this place rocks! My companion's name is Elder Renshaw and he was the guy I met at Mr. Mac back at BYU how crazy is that?! We rock together though. It is so much fun, the Spirit is so strong here, it’s everywhere you go it is so awesome. It’s truly a miracle to see how involved Heavenly Father is in His work. It is extremely hard though, by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. You have to ask the Lord to help you whenever you can because it would be impossible to do this work all on your own.
I can already pray fluently and bear testimony in Spanish too! I’ve learned so much while I’ve been here, but man I still have a lot to learn. Pero esta bien (but "it's all good" -- this is my favorite Spanish phrase thus far). I hope you, Dad and Andrew are doing well I’m glad Andrew had fun in HH. I’ve seen a ton of people I know here, too, and they are always so nice.
One important thing I have learned this week is that you truly have to love and have charity for those you teach otherwise you will have no success. I would like to invite all y'all to watch David A. Bednar's MTC Devotional from 2011 called the Character of Christ. It is the best talk I’ve ever heard and it has changed my heart. I love you guys all so much and I hope your lives are treating you well! If not, then go help someone else cause then you will be blessed!
Con Amor (with love),
|Remember this guy? Ethan met Kason|
Renshaw, also going to McAllen, TX,
while shopping for missionary supplies.
|Elder Renshaw, leaning against Elder Christiansen's desk |
in a classroom at the MTC. They even wear their suits to
study, getting in the routine of being a full-time missionary.
|Elder Christiansen, Elder Renshaw, and Elder Jensen at the|
Missionary Broadcast in the Marriott Center June 23.
Anyone who knows Ethan from school will
recognize the familiar pen behind his ear :)
|Screen shot of Elder Christiansen in the crowd at the broadcast.|
Knowing he was there and would be singing in the choir, we were
glued to the screen watching it online. During one of the talks,
as the camera scanned the crowd, there he was!!!! We were so
excited and I was screaming and crying at once. He had been
in the MTC for 2 1/2 weeks -- it was so GOOD to see him!
You can see Ethan at the 4:15 mark in the broadcast video by clicking here.